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Hospital’s tile table holds cancer survivors’ messages

BARRINGTON – A special table has become part of the waiting area of the Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Cancer Center.

The cancer survivor tile table was the brainchild of Relay for Life captain Sally Henning of Curves for a Cure in Lake Zurich and Kelly Reutenauer, captain of Memories and Futures relay team, and her daughter Kelsey, who coordinated the survivor portion of the 2011 Relay for Life in Lake Zurich-Wauconda-Island Lake.

“We wanted to do something special for the cancer survivors that could be shared with the community,” Reutenauer said in a news release.

“So the night of our Relay, each survivor was given the chance to create a 4-inch-by-4-inch tile that could represent anything they wanted it to,” she said.

After the Relay, Tom Reutenauer, Kelly’s husband and a carpenter, built a table with the tiles as a tabletop to represent each survivor’s message.

Home Depot in Crystal Lake donated the tiles and gave a discount on the wood Tom Reutenauer used. Fox River Glass in Crystal Lake also gave a discount on the table’s glass top.

“This table is special and means a lot to all of our survivors,” Kelly Reutenauer said in the release. “We hope that everyone will take a minute to stop by and appreciate its meaning.”


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